• Something for the weekend: Desiderata

    Desiderata  (from the Latin for ‘things desired as essential’) Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; […]

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  • Bye bye baby

    The time has come. Weaning time. But it is bittersweet, as weaning always is for me. I love the closeness, yet I resent the being tied and demanded of to this extent. I never want it to end on a bad note, nothing drastic. We […]

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  • A Mother’s Prayer

    All mothers,Who art down the road, in the house next door, all around the world,Hallowed be thy names,Thy time will come, thy work will be done.You give this day the daily bread – endless sandwiches (with crusts off, and cut the right way), wraps and pittas, […]

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  • Let’s Play, “Yes, Let’s!”

    “Let’s play”, she says.“Yes let’s”, I say. That’s the game: “Yes, let’s”. It’s an old drama game I used to play with my students back in my drama teacher days. Its purpose is to teach actors to accept situations offered them in improvisation situations rather […]

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  • I quit

    To whom it may concern, Please let it be known that I am handing in my notice with direct effect. I am not sure who would be willing to take on my responsibilities, but am sure that there are plenty more confident/ capable/ qualified/ mad […]

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  • Happy birthday to me!

    Too tired to bake my own cake – so a dear friend baked me one.This is not it! It is eaten!But this is one of my most favourite looking cakes ever in the world which I ate at an apple blossom picnic last month and […]

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  • Blogging Carnival of Emotions: breaking taboos

    Women all over the blogosphere have been tackling taboo emotional subjects over the past few days. It has become an informal blogging carnival as mothers have been looking at the different sides of oft denied emotions. Finding great personal courage to explore and express subjects […]

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  • Is the silencing of mama anger a feminist issue?

    I have been thinking much the past few days about mama anger…after my post at the weekend. My dear girls are down with chicken pox, part of me is feeling bad about being angry, part of me is relieved that there was a reason for […]

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  • Caught red handed…

    Summer for me is strawberries. It is perhaps no coincidence that we live across the road from a strawberry farm. Or that my birthday is mid strawberry season. So today Itook the strawberries outside to hull them in the sun, before my husband magicked them […]

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  • The white heat of mama anger

    Good mamas are supposed to be nice, gentle, calm, loving, quiet…. so goes the myth. Bad mothers are angry, violent…. We aspire to be gentle parents. Peaceful parents. Natural parents. So we should know better, do better…right?  Wrong! Some scenes from this week…My child keeps […]

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